Love is blind; friendship tries not to notice.
~ Otto Von Bismarck~
There are 10 Different Ways to Pronounce the Letters "Ough"
No matter how you utter "ough," there's a good chance you're saying it properly. That's because there are 10 different ways to pronounce the widely versatile sound depending on how it's being used. For instance, in "rough" it has an "uff" sound, while in "plough" it's more like "ow." In "through" it's more like "ew" and in "though" it's like "oh." And now you know!
The Word for Black Belt in Japanese Translates to "First Step"
We might think of people with black belts as experts in martial arts who have endured years of rigorous training. But the word used for the ranking in Japanese, "shodan," can be broken down and translated to "first step."
The World's Largest Pumpkin Weighs More Than a Sports Car
In 2016, Belgian native Mathias Willemijns set a new world record for growing the biggest pumpkin. The massive pumpkin weighed in at 2,624.6 pounds—that's 129.6 pounds more than an Alfa Romeo 4C sports car.24
"Natiform" Is a Term for Something That Looks Like a Bum
It's always helpful to have a proper word to accurately describe what you see. And thankfully, if you spot something that looks like a bum, you can use the term "natiform," which refers to anything that happens to resemble buttocks. So instead of calling a person a butthead, you can call them a natiform-head and really throw them for a loop.
Doctors Who Play Video Games More Than Three Hours a Week Make Fewer Operating Room Errors
Doctors who work in the operating room may want to start playing video games. A study published in the Archives of Surgery found that doctors who played video games for more than three hours each week made 37 percent fewer surgical errors than those who didn't. They also performed 27 percent faster and scored 42 percent better on a the test of surgical skills.
According to the researchers, this supports earlier findings that video games can improve "fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, visual attention, depth perception, and computer competency."26
The Average American Woman Owns Seven Pairs of Jeans and Only Wears Four
How many pairs of denim do you own? And how many do you actually wear? According to a national poll featured in ShopSmart, the average American woman owns seven pairs of jeans. However, despite the fact that 85 percent of women typically wear jeans at least once a week, they only tend to wear four pairs on a regular basis.
Dolly Parton Lost a Dolly Parton Lookalike Contest
Dolly Parton entered herself into a Dolly Parton lookalike contest for drag queens in 2012 and didn't even win first place!28
An NFL Referee Can Also Get a Super Bowl Ring
NFL players aren't the only ones who can take home a Super Bowl ring. Referees who have earned the honor of officiating the sport's biggest annual game are also recognized with the coveted pieces of jewelry.
According to Fox Sports, "The officials get Super Bowl rings just like the players do. They aren't as big as the players' rings, but they are still valuable pieces of jewelry. These rings mean the world to the officials and they wear them with such pride."
The Lines on the Inside of Your Wrist Have a Name
If you look at the skin on the inside of your wrists, you'll see a few lines that become deep creases when you bend your hand inwards. These grooves have a name—rasceta—in case you ever find a need to refer to them.30
New York City Is Going to Get Bigger to Prepare for Climate Change
In March 2019, NYC's Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to extend Manhattan's shoreline into the East River in order to prepare for the potentially devastating effects of climate change. By extending the island by up to 500 feet with two city blocks of parkland, they hope to create a buffer zone that will save up to 70 percent of lower Manhattan from possible future floods.
Good morning everyboomie.
Monday I have Friday on my mind......and here it is.
I guess today I'll have to think about Monday.
I have no big weekend plans. I will most assuredly be taking the pups to the park, and that's about it, besides a modicum of gaming in there somewhere.
Well maybe a bit more than a modicum.
Have a happy day everyone.